Introducing our new Cask Collection

3 September 2013

By Brian Kinsman

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to our newest expressions – Glenfiddich Select Cask and Glenfiddich Reserve Cask, with a third expression, Glenfiddich Vintage Cask, to follow early next year. Together, they form our new Cask Collection. I hope you'll be as excited about them as I am.

Cask Collection

 

If you’re wondering what makes these expressions so unique, its because they’ve been created from individual casks I’ve hand selected solely on the basis of their flavour profile, then married in purpose-built Solera Vats in Warehouse 8.

With our Select Cask expression, I've used Bourbon, European oak and red wine casks to create an expression that's beautifully elegant, with layers of sweetness, spice and hints of citrus.

Our Reserve Cask expression is matured in distinctive Spanish sherry casks to give it a mellow, rich flavour that's deliciously smooth and silky.

You'll have to wait until early next year to find out more about our Vintage Cask, but I can assure you it's something quite special – a homage to the original taste profile of our single malt as it was when William Grant made it.

Because we're a family owned distillery, William Grant's pioneering spirit is still in our blood.

It’s this drive to produce truly innovative whiskies that led my predecessor David Stewart to invent the Solera Vat process, inspired by the sherry-makers and bodegas of Spain.

Each cask develops an individual character; even two casks filled on the same day will be slightly different. To create these new expressions, I’ve handpicked casks chosen for the flavour they impart. We use David Stewart’s pioneering Solera Vat technique to introduce these flavours to each other in our Solera Vats, leading to single malts of unrivalled consistency that are incredibly rich and complex. 

Until now, the Solera technique has only been used to create our 15 Year Old expression. I’ve overseen the construction of three new vats, one for each of our Cask Collection, making this a truly exciting moment in the history of Warehouse 8, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

When it comes to choosing a single malt, it’s all about taste and preference. With three new expressions to choose from, there's something for everyone in our Cask Collection. Available in selected global travel retail outlets, I hope you'll take the opportunity to try one.